Rockefeller donates $4 million to area non-profits

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - has learned about a $4 million grant from the Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors that will benefit South Mississippi non-profit agencies that serve people affected by the oil spill.

"Our partners in this program have a deep knowledge of communities and residents and a history of trusted, effective grantmaking at the neighborhood level," said Amy Holmes, a senior philanthropic advisor at RPA who is overseeing the Fund. "Their on-the-ground experience and relationships make it possible to identify local groups that are addressing many of the area's unmet needs."

The donation will be administered by the Gulf Coast Community Foundation. And it will be paid out in three phases.

In phase one, four area non-profits will split $250,000. They were chosen to receive the initial money because they can put it to work the quickest.

How to apply for the remaining money will be announced at a news conference on Tuesday, June 7, when the Rockefeller gift is presented to the community foundation. We're told the goal is to make sure the entire four million dollar grant is obligated to non-profits across the coast by the end of the year.

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